After reading The Complete Maus by Art Spiegelman and Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant? by Roz Chast, I realized there is entire genre out there that I was missing out on and really enjoying. I’m not surprised because I was a kid who devoured comic books and so reading novels with graphic elements seemed inevitable.
I’m just late to the party as always. The interesting thing is that I always thought graphic novels were geared more toward children and teens but that is definitely not the case. The wealth of graphic novels out there is overwhelming. Where do you possibly start? Goodreads has great “Listopias” and personal recommendations are always helpful. But, I’ll start here (titles link to Goodreads):
Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood by Marjane Satrapi; translated by Mattias Ripa. I believe the cover above is the first two volumes and there are four. It’s the memoir of Satrapi while growing up in Iran during the Islamic Revolution. It’s targeted for adults and also recommended for book groups.
Blankets by Craig Thompson. Blistery Wisconsin winters, sibling rivalry and coming-of-age romance. Sounds perfect right now.
Anya’s Ghost by Vera Brosgol. Ok, the cover is so cool but there are elements of fantasy, paranormal, ghosts and horror that I might be able to handle in graphic form.
French Milk by Lucy Knisley. I’ve heard such great things about Knisley and her books catch my eye all the time at the library. I’m going start with this earlier one.
Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic by Alison Bechdel. An adult Memoir/Graphic Novel tackling some heavier topics. But again with comic elements. Another one that caught my eye on GR’s Listopia.
El Deafo by Cece Bell. This book comes highly recommended by my daughters who are 10 and 12!!
The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick. Highly recommended by kids at the library.
The Encyclopedia of Early Earth by Isabel Greenberg. I got through about a quarter of this huge book. It’s only 176 pages but quite large and heavy. Nonetheless, it was an Interlibrary Loan and had to be returned before I finished. I LOVED what I read so far and hope to get it back in a couple of months. Many requests on this one so it might be awhile.
How To Be Happy by Eleanor Davis. Found this on GR’s Listopia also. It’s adult literary fiction, a graphic novel AND short stories! Right up my alley.
This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki; illustrated by Jillian Tamaki. This just keeps popping up everywhere for me: lists, recommendations, always on hold at the library…time to check it out.
Do you have any graphic novel recommendations for me?
Are there different genres in literature you want to try?
*Original meme: Top Ten Tuesday hosted by The Broke and the Bookish